Benches emptied between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers after an at-bat between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig on Monday night.
The confrontation began when Bumgarner fielded a ground ball by Puig and fired to first for the third out in the seventh inning. Bumgarner emphatically shouted, apparently celebrating the final out. But it appeared Puig thought Bumgarner was shouting at him, which led the two to exchange words and the benches to clear.
No punches were thrown, but each side traded several pushes and shoves.
"I just ran, and he was looking in my direction," Puig said through a translator, "and he asked why I was looking at him, and then I asked him why he was looking at me."
It was at least the third time they have exchanged heated words on the field, though it was the first known instance since September 2014.
In May 2014, after Puig hit a 431-foot home run to center field and flipped his bat, Bumgarner took exception and waited for Puig as he rounded third base before the two exchanged pleasantries as tempers flared.
Four months later, on Sept. 23, 2014, Puig made a move toward the mound after he was hit by a Bumgarner pitch. More words were exchanged before the benches cleared and bullpens emptied, and Puig had to be held back by an umpire and several teammates.